> Christian Cloutier wrote:
> > It seems like i am suffering from an inner ear infection
> > (Labyrinthitis?) which caused me to have severe vertigo (and nausea) and
> > it's driving me nuts!
>> > Can anyone tell me more about that affliction? When will it dissapear?
>> First, relax, it's a very common problem (some 30% of the US population
> have dizziness before age 65), and in most cases it goes away by itself
> with or without medical intervention.
>> SERC may help with symptoms, but is not a cure. Meclizine, Dramamine,
> Compazine, Xanax, Valium, etc. are also frequently prescribed for
> short-term control of symptoms.
>> The diagnosis of Labyrinthitis includes a sudden hearing loss, usually
> within a few hours of the onset of vertigo, so your diagnosis may
> change. Vestibular Neuronitis is more likely, since the presentation is
> very similar to Labyrinthitis, but without the hearing loss. Most
> patients fully recover from the first presentation of Labyrinthitis or
> V. Neuronitis. in 6 to 8 weeks. Recover is improved by activity and can
> be hindered by inactivity and long-term use of the symptom-reducing
> drugs. Some may have lingering symptoms that are brought on by movement
> and activity. In these cases, vestibular rehabilitation is helpful.
>> For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of vertigo, see:
>>http://www.teleport.com/~veda/>> the home page of the Vestibular Disorders Association, a non-profit
> patient self-help group. Also see their links to other sites.
> Thomas E. Boismier, MPH <boismier at umich.edu>
> Assistant Director, Vestibular Testing Center
> Department of Otorhinolaryngology
> University of Michigan Hospitals
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